The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Riley Stillman on a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2023-24 season, the team announced Sunday. His cap hit is $1.35 million.
"It’s really exciting," Stillman said. "I was happy to come in and be given an opportunity here. To get this done and out of the way gives myself an opportunity to just focus on the team and getting into the playoffs and doing everything we can in this stretch here coming down to the end of the year."
Stillman, 23, has appeared in six games with the Blackhawks this season and is averaging 16:43 of ice time. He was acquired from the Florida Panthers on April 8 along with Brett Connolly and the rights to prospect Henrik Borgstrom in a seven-piece deal.
"Having a young, physical defenseman like Riley in the fold is exciting for the future of our team," Blackhawks president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He is growing into an excellent all-around defenseman and that continued development is something we look forward to seeing firsthand. We love his size, and his toughness adds another piece to our defense."
Stillman was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He’s in the final year of his three-year entry-level contract that carries a $773,333 cap hit.
Stillman was originally drafted by Florida in the fourth round (No. 114 overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
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